Saturday, 15 June 2013

Finally the wedding Day arrives - part 2 Our Turkish Wedding

When David and I decided to get married last August, one thing that we both agreed on was that we wanted to marry in our village and that we wanted it to be a Turkish style wedding. Hence my last post left my daughter and I arriving at the Camlik restaurant where the wedding was to take place along to the beat of the Turkish band's drum, far removed from 'Here comes the bride'.


My daughter and I arriving at the wedding to the beat of the Turkish drums
photo credit: James Dorrington
Previously when we had talked about our guest list, we had thought that probably not many members of our family would be able to make the trip to Turkey, so we were so pleased that three of our five children were able to come as well as several other family members from the UK, and David's sister and brother in law came all the way from America - it took them two days to travel each way. We also invited several people who we had met since coming to live in Turkey and were delighted that most of them accepted our invitation.

One question that many had asked was "what should we wear?" and we had replied that people should come however they felt comfortable, casual or otherwise. One of the first things I noticed on my arrival was how incredibly smart everyone looked and what an effort they had all made, and I felt very honoured indeed that they had done this on our behalf.

The second thing I noticed was that the trusty volunteers had done us proud with their preparation of the restaurant's grounds and we thank you all for giving your time so generously to do this for us.

Thirdly I saw two huge floral displays sent by two of the village businesses, something I definitely was not expecting and such a very kind thought. Thank you to you both.

The one thing I did not notice until afterwards, when I looked at the photographs was that from my arrival onwards I spent the entire day with my mouth open grinning. Obviously I must have been extremely happy throughout the entire proceedings.

The wedding vows
photo credit: James Dorrington
First were the wedding vows, which were very short but very lovely, and the lady from Uzumlu Belediye who conducted the ceremony came fully robed and made the proceedings very personal. As we were only required to say "Yes" (or presumably could have said "No" if we had wished) we proudly said "Evet" into the microphone at the appropriate moments as did both our witnesses. We did smile when she repeated the words for David having said them to me, and the interpreter's translation was "That was pretty well what she just said to Jacqui"! Having gone through the dialogue, the witnesses and ourselves were required to sign our wedding book, which she then passed to me saying "I give this record of your wedding to the bride, because it is the woman who makes the home" I thought that was lovely. She then kissed us both and within around 8 minutes we had become man and wife, and at last I could have a well earned and much needed drink of alcoholic beverage.

The ceremony was beautifully personal
photo credit: James Dorrington
David and I looking ridiculously happy at having just become man and wife
photo credit: James Dorrington
The rest of the day surpassed our wildest dreams and we would like to thank everyone who travelled near and far to be a part of our celebrations, you all made it the wonderful day it was. Also a very big thank you to Ertan and his staff at the Camlik restaurant for being such wonderful hosts and preparing the wonderful food, to Eddy at Eddy's Place for arranging the fantastic wedding breakfast, and to everyone who helped us with our wedding, in particular our dear friend Eddie who drove us miles and miles to ensure that we did all that needed to be done to organise it.

A couple of weeks later whilst speaking to the photographer he told me he had really enjoyed our wedding, I told him that we had been overwhelmed with how well it had gone, that we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt that everyone else had too. He said "you can see they did, it shines through in the photographs". So without any more words, I will let the photographs do the talking for me .........


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2 comments:

  1. Congratulations. You both look lovely.

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    1. Thank you B to B. We tried to srub up best we could lol!

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